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Yellow & Blue
RRP: GBP 9.95
ISBN: 978 1 847775 25 2
Categories: 21st Century, British, Scottish
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: February 2014
96 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (Kindle), Paperback
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flowering gorse bush
towards the sea
as if its growth
were towards completion
of yellow in blue
The poems in this book form a series of small acts of attention, repeated attempts to step outside the circle of human concern and into a wider responsibility to the natural world. ‘To move among / crashing pines / is spacious / and exact.’ Yellow & Blue invites us to share the spaciousness of a book-length journey, an exacting clarity of perception.
Praise for The Hundred Thousand Places:
Thomas A Clark has produced a book-length poem of genuine visionary intent… The Hundred Thousand Places realigns our understanding of the lyric voice and of its investment in the natural world.
Space, pace and wild beauty are on the reader’s mind throughout this tantalising collection.
Scottish Review of Books
The Hundred Thousand Places stands at a tentative and oblique angle to the more established modes of pastoral writing. There is a beautiful moment in George Oppen’s ‘Psalm’ when he exclaims of some deer, ‘That they are there!’, and the fact of the natural world’s being there at all supersedes the need for description. There is plenty of description in these poems, but they too converge on a place of revelation whose name is simply ‘there’.
Awards won by Thomas A. Clark Short-listed, 2017 Saltire Society Poetry Book of the Year Award (Farm by the Shore )
'These are love poems to the geography of Scotland and in their own inimitable way bring a clarity and vision to the 'scree slope' that 'tumbles/ into the green lochan.'.'
Casey Charles, Dundee University Review of the Arts
Praise for Thomas A. Clark 'In short, one-breath clusters of lines, Clark meditates on the details one might observe during a contemplative and solitary walk through remote countryside. His diction is perfectly pitched and his grammar exact...this is about a man's spiritual need for the humblest manifestations of nature.'
Philip Rush, the North
'Meaning is discovered between spaces, silences heard between sound...a vitally alert poet.'
'A remarkable portrayal of our contemplative relationship with nature.'
Church Times Best Books of 2017
'With radical simplicity, Thomas A Clark's writing gives us the unfussy beauty of the natural world. There's not much that I ask of poetry that isn't present here.'
'The Hundred Thousand Places stands at a tentative and oblique angle to the more established modes of pastoral writing. There is a beautiful moment in George Oppen's 'Psalm' when he exclaims of some deer, 'That they are there!', and the fact of the natural world's being there at all supersedes the need for description. There is plenty of description in these poems, but they too converge on a place of revelation whose name is simply 'there'.'
The Guardian 'Space, pace and wild beauty are on the reader's mind throughout this tantalising collection.'
Scottish Review of Books 'Thomas A Clark has produced a book-length poem of genuine visionary intentâ¦ The Hundred Thousand Places realigns our understanding of the lyric voice and of its investment in the natural world.'
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